A circular walk from Tintagel to Bossiney Haven

Tintagel to Bossiney

A circular walk via through Tintagel to Tintagel Castle and along the coastline via the headlands of Barras Nose and Willapark to the sandy beach at Bossiney Haven from Tintagel Haven where Merlin's Cave is uncovered at low tide.

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either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

The walk starts from the Visitor's Centre and passes King Arthur's Great Halls and the Old Post Office on its way to Tintagel Castle. The route then follows the coast to Barras Nose - the first coastal land ever purchased by the National Trust - and continues past the Iron Age hillfort at Willapark to the cliffs above the sandy beach at Bossiney Haven. It returns to Tintagel via Bossiney, where Sir Francis Drake was elected to Parliament.


  • Sandy beach at Bossiney Haven
  • Panoramic views over the Tintagel coastline from the headlands of Willapark and Barras Nose
  • Cream teas and quirky mystic shops in Tintagel
  • Views over Tintagel Castle and Tintagel Haven from Barras Nose
  • Tintagel Old Post Office and King Arthur's Great Halls


  • Route includes paths close to unfenced cliff edges.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 111
  • Distance: 2.7 miles/4.4 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Recommended footwear: walking shoes or trainers in dry weather
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Cornishman
  • The King Arthurs Arms
  • Wootons Inn
  • Ye Olde Malthouse

either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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